One of my favorite summer meals as a child was homemade taco salad. My family’s recipe consisted of iceberg lettuce, ground beef, cheddar cheese, red onion, and kidney beans topped with a store-bought thousand island dressing and of course, nacho cheese Doritos. It was super delicious and I loved it, but it’s probably not all that healthy (I mean obviously).
Since we are all basically stuck inside right now I thought it would be fun to recreate some of my favorite childhood meals, starting with this ridiculously good and healthier version of my favorite taco salad.
This recipe for a healthier taco salad is made with a rainbow of fresh veggies including crunchy romaine lettuce, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, grilled sweet corn, spicy jalapeño, and creamy avocado. Topped with marinated grilled chicken and a homemade spicy greek yogurt ranch dressing makes for a delicious filling protein-packed salad that will keep you satisfied.
The chicken is marinated in a bit of olive oil, honey, fresh lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and black pepper. It’s basically like a really yummy chicken taco marinade. Make sure to let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes so it comes out super juicy and flavorful.
The delicious, creamy, spicy ranch dressing is made with protein-packed greek yogurt, garlic powder, onion powder, fresh lime juice, dried dill, kosher salt, and chipotle chili powder. It’s not too spicy, so if you want to heat things up a bit just add a little more chipotle chili powder.
This healthier grilled chicken taco salad is finished off with some sprouted pumpkin seeds, fiber-filled black beans, crunchy tortilla chips, roasted chickpeas, and sliced avocado to balance it all out. You are sure to love this healthier version of one of my childhood favorites.
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